Arts Centre at Lady Eleanor Holles School, Hampton

RIBA Regional Awards 2014: London

Arts Centre at Lady Eleanor Holles School, Hampton
Arts Centre at Lady Eleanor Holles School, Hampton · Credit: Dennis Gilbert

Arts Centre at Lady Eleanor Holles School, Hampton
Walters & Cohen Architects for the school
GIA 4,718m2

‘Gentle and thoughtful’. We need more schools projects like that. As much as the main wood-lined performance space, it’s the sequence of well-planned daylit rooms and passages which make this an intriguing place to be. It helps sort out the circulation of the whole school. The large hall is in dark grey seamed zinc, lower elements are white render with timber windows. It’s low-key, human-scale and BREEAM Excellent, and cleverly uses the same timber forms inside and out for solar shading and acoustic purposes. Logical and elegant.